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Bird Hike - San Francisco Wildlife Refuge - Coyote Creek Lagoon Trail

  • Apr 19, 2014 · 11:00 AM

Join me on an easy hike to see some migrating birds on a little known trail at the San Francisco Wildlife Refuge. 

We'll be walking the Coyote Creek Lagoon Trail, a  trail hidden behind a business park. The main attraction here will be the migrating birds. A Refuge Naturalist tells me we might see some of the following birds:




Ruddy Duck

Cinnamon Teal


American Coot


American Avocet

Black-necked stilt




Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

Black-crowned night heron (out in the tules in the marsh)


Red-tailed hawk


Golden-crowned sparrow

White-crowned sparrow

Western Meadowlark

House Finches

We’ll also be walking through what refuge staff call the “Mouse Pasture” which is the home to the rare Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse. This little creature is on the state and federal endangered species list, and is found only in the San Francisco Bay marshes. Much of their habitat has disappeared due to development. They are about the size of your thumb and weigh less than a nickel!

Hats, water, and sunscreen and a snack are strongly recommended. There is no shade on this hike; you’ll be fully exposed to the sun.

This hike is on level ground, and is a 4 mile (total) out and return.

Directions: The south trailhead can be reached by taking the South Fremont Blvd/Cushing Pkwy exit from I-880 in Fremont. Drive south on Fremont Blvd. until it dead-ends.

There is a parking lot on the right next to 48481 Fremont Blvd. Meet in the parking lot.

There are no restroom facilities on this trail.

If the meetup gets full, you can also sign up at EventBrite.

I look forward to seeing you all!


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  • Kendra

    Paul, thank you for leading such a nice hike. You are a great hike leader. It was nice talking to you.

    1 · April 20, 2014

    • Paul

      Thank you Kendra, it was a pleasure hiking with you. I look forward to seeing you on future hikes.

      April 20, 2014

  • Lori

    fantastic, one of the best birdiest spots I've ever seen

    1 · April 20, 2014

    • Paul

      Thanks for joining us Lori, and thank you helping us identify so many birds.

      1 · April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like fun -- bringing my cub scout.

    1 · March 28, 2014

    • Paul

      Great idea Tony, looking forward to seeing you again.

      1 · March 28, 2014

    • Paul

      Great pictures Tony, and Shane is an excellent cub scout! Bring him along any time.

      April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful to discover so many different species together, hidden just behind a business park.

    1 · April 19, 2014

    • Paul

      That was a great variety of birds. Thanks for coming Darren, it was nice to meet you.

      April 20, 2014

  • Minh

    Im about 5 mins late according to gps. Hope i can make it before group leaves.

    April 19, 2014

    • Paul

      Glad you could make it Minh, I enjoyed meeting you.

      April 20, 2014

  • Sally G.

    Anyone is SF can give me a ride??? Thanks! :)

    April 16, 2014

  • Minh

    This sounds like a lot of fun. I am trying to find a way to make it from fremont bart to our meeting location. Can anyone give me a ride?

    April 16, 2014

  • Ben

    I had already made other plans for this day. You guys have fun. I'll see you at the next hike!

    March 28, 2014

    • Paul

      Ok Ben, we'll see you on the next hike.

      March 28, 2014

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